As you may have heard, Queen Elizabeth II (you know, that lady off all the stamps and five pound notes and that) celebrates her 60th anniversary as the head monarch of Great Britain this year. SIXTY years. Impressive, no? As well as the celebrations we’re throwing as a country, we at Carrentals are celebrating in our own way by giving you the chance to win back the cost of your car hire in our latest competition! Anyway… this Thursday is The Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
So what’s going on?
To mark this momentous occasion, the UK’s got all sorts planned, including a lovely four day weekend in June (that’s a work-busting TWO Bank Holidays in a row!). There’s also a river pageant down the Thames, a Big Jubilee Lunch, a Parade and Muster at Windsor (whatever one of those is…), the Queen’s address to parliament, the Jubilee Festival at Battersea Park and a BBC concert at Buckingham Palace.
The Jubilee Pageant
One of the grandest plans to pay tribute to Ol’ Lizzy though is the ‘Diamond Jubilee Pageant’. This special event is due to take place on the private grounds of Windsor Castle in Berkshire in the evenings of the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th of May. Day tickets range from £30 to a wallet-testing £100.
Due to perform are: 600 horses, over 1000 dancers, Britain’s Got Talent’s Susan Boyle, world-renowned violinist David Garrett, Il Divo, the cast of The Lion King, Raghu Dixit, country singer Abigail Washburn and (for some reason) Rolf Harris. Her Majesty must love a bit of wobble-boarding.
The weekend’s festivities are to be broken into seven main shows, with each one representing an area of the Commonwealth that she has presided over for the last six decades. So expect shows focusing on Great Britain, Australisia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and The Americas. Musicians, singers, dancers, performers and horsemen will all do their bit to paint a picture of the culture and background of their homeland.
Shows start each evening at 8.45pm and last for approximately ninety minutes. Your best bet is to try and get there by public transport if you fancy it. Windsor has two train stations and the castle is easily walkable from both. Change at Slough or Reading (depending what way you’re coming in from, east or west). Traffic and parking will probably be a nightmare, but if you want to brave it – parking can be pre-booked on this number: 0844 581 4970. There are plenty of special coach services being put on and nearby hotels are more than geared up for it. There’s no dress code and flash photography (as well as actual flashing) is prohibited.
The Queen is alive! Long live The Queen!
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